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For an exhibition of the artistic complexity of Isaiah’s ‘servant of the Lord’, one need look no further than the book’s 42nd chapter.

By the time we cross the border into this section, the book called Isaiah has recently informed us that this servant is in some fashion Jacob/Israel:

But you, Israel, my servant, Jacob, whom I have chosen, the offspring of Abraham, my friend (Isaiah 41:8 ESV)

Now the text bolts down that reality by offering strikingly similar descriptions of YHWH’s engagement with the servant at the beginning and end of chapter 2. In between, the prophetic voice calls its audience to new sight, audition, and understanding and simultaneously insists that no population has been as blind or so deaf as this Jacob, this Israel, this servant. (more…)

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